Whether you’re visiting for work (or staying away from it), you absolutely must check out these Melbourne city specialties.
So, say you’ve arrived early, and are desperately hungry for some real, not-airplane food. We’ve got you covered. Once you get a taxi or train to Melb, set your GPS to Matcha Mylkbar. It’s the perfect breakfast spot to enjoy matcha-inspired abd amazing plant-based food and pure aesthetic goodness.
When you’ve finished a delectable breakfast, take a walk to some of the best landmarks Melbourne has to offer. Walk to Federation Square and around the streets to stretch out your legs. On the other hand, just jump on a city circle tram and get a quick and easy tour of the city. It’s free!
After your tour of the city, head to Chapel Street for some retail therapy. It’s the street to go to for amazing deals, new fashion labels and perhaps some thrift store goodness. Head for lunch at the Oscar Cooper restaurant nearby when hunger strikes.
When in Melbourne, you must visit the best street art in all of ‘Straya. The best laneway art can be found on Hosier Lane and Degraves Street, so give yourself plenty of time to take the most aesthetic Instagram snaps and to explore the iconic city alleyways.
Grab a bite from one of the many local cafes in the alleyways, then make your way to the Transit Rooftop bar which offers a stunning view of the Melbourne skyscrapers, and has cocktails and drinks to last the night.
After your inevitable sleep in from last night’s shenanigans, have brunch at Baby Coffee Co., an adorable newly opened café filled to the brim with delicious food and pink décor. We recommend the avo pesto toast with a cappuccino, and maybe even a mimosa if your hangover isn’t too bad.
Next, our 48-hour adventure is in need of some culture to round up this wholesome trip. A visit to the La Trobe reading room in the State Library of Victoria as well as the national gallery of Victoria should satisfy this criterion very well.
After your culturally saturating visit to the art gallery and the library, walk through the beautiful botanic gardens to find yourself standing in front of a quaint, colonial-looking building. This is the Kettle Black café, a perfect location for an afternoon pick-me-up.
From the Kettle Black café, walk along the river to the Southbank to explore the sights and even pop in to see the Melbourne skyline from the Eureka Skydeck for an unparalleled view of the city skyscrapers.
For your final stop in Melbourne, have dinner and drinks at Ponyfish Island. This bar is located right on the river and is a magical place to finish your trip in Australia’s most loved capital.
Images from Matcha Mylkbar, Chapel Street, Baby Coffee Co, Melbourne, Kettle Black Café
By Nina Sudnitsin